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NSW Sentencing Council gains 2 new members

NSW Attorney-General Michael Daley has appointed two new members to the state’s Sentencing Council.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 26 February 2024 The Bar
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Melissa Burgess and Adam Hennessy have been appointed to the NSW Sentencing Council, following a public recruitment process, with their service to run for three years.

Ms Burgess, the Attorney-General’s Department said in a statement, will bring a “strategic, collaborative and results-driven approach” to the Sentencing Council, having worked for the past 17 years in the criminal justice system as a solicitor with the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) and Legal Aid NSW, including as deputy director of the criminal law division since 2022.


Mr Hennessey has been dedicated, the statement went on, to addressing the unique challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and is committed to promoting fairness in the criminal justice system, and in the past decade has worked in a range of areas, including state and federal public sectors, mental health, and academia. Prior to this, he worked with the NSW Police for 13 years as a lecturer and program coordinator.

Speaking about the appointees, A-G Daley said: “I would like to congratulate Ms Burgess and Mr Hennessy on their appointments to the Sentencing Council.

“The Sentencing Council plays a vital role in delivering justice in NSW, and both individuals will bring a rich range of skills and experience to their positions. I would like to thank them for joining the Sentencing Council.”